Coronavirus: Turkey bans layoffs for three months

Parliament passes anti-crisis measures, help for workers

16 April, 13:37

    ISTANBUL - Turkey has banned layoffs for three months, with exceptions for special reasons. The measure is one of several passed by the Turkish parliament as part of an economic package for the COVID-19 emergency, which was announced in recent days by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Workers that have already been on unpaid leave since March 15 will receive emergency state aid for three months of 39 liras per day (about 5.2 euros).

    Ankara has also set up a special redundancy fund for companies that have been forced to interrupt their activities due to circumstances beyond their control due to the COVID-19 emergency. The state will in this period also cover expenses in this period for healthcare facilities hosting the elderly and the disabled. Other measures approved include the temporary suspension of rent payments, bills, loan payments, and taxes for several categories. A committee will be set up to monitor price speculation and hoarding of goods.

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